Game resource Spieltimes in connection with the imminent release of Metro Exodus has interviewed the developers from 4A games. While the company's employees opted to remain anonymous, they shared numerous points surrounding the creation of Metro Exodus, including their feelings about news about the game's exclusivity on Steam. Here are the most interesting excerpts from the interview.
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In general, the developers were more than satisfied with the working conditions and call the working office the "laboratory of the mad scientist", which houses a lot of specialized equipment and computers with advanced technical stuffing. The disadvantages include only the smaller size of the Kiev office compared to the branch located in Malta.
Regarding rework, they have repeatedly happened during the development of the Metro Exodus game. But at the same time, employees of the company are positive about recycling and call them a kind of "geek party", where tables are littered with half-eaten pizza leftovers and beer bottles. Last but not least, the positive is maintained thanks to the loyal leadership. The top of 4A Games always listens carefully to the requests of employees and is ready to allocate both an unscheduled day off and an extended vacation at any time.
On Epic Game Store Exclusivity
Moving on to the main scandal of the last 2 weeks. The journalist asked who was responsible for the decision to move the game from Steam to the Epic Game Store.
I can't say for sure, but this news came as a surprise to 4A Games. But we are simple developers, and only the publisher is responsible for business questions - answered a 4A Games employee.
The most interesting thing began when the journalist decided to ask at what point the developers learned about the decision of the publisher Deep Silver. Of course. The developers were informed in advance, but could not discuss this issue publicly due to the agreement with the publisher. The developers were significantly silent about the exact timeframe in which the employees learned that Metro Exodus was moving to the Epic games store. But after a few similar questions, they still split and admitted that they learned about the Epic Games decision right after E3 2018.
The publisher deliberately did not inform the media about its own decision, so as not to spoil the statistics of pre-orders. Developers were divided after the news of future exclusivity. Almost everyone was convinced that financially, if Metro Exodus sales suffered, it would be negligible. They were more worried about the damage to their reputation, because many players blame 4A Games for the game being a temporary Epic Game Store exclusive.
Metro Exodus Development and Budget
Development began in 2014, with the game's creators spending a lot of time in the preliminary stage looking at various concepts and game scenarios.
It took a while for the tech department to step forward. And I can confirm that Metro Exodus is light years ahead of 2013 Last Light in terms of technology, commented a 4A Games employee.
The budget of the game has always been sufficient so that developers can implement all their ideas without having to cut out time-consuming content due to technical and financial difficulties. The development staff is 75% veterans of the gaming industry, so 4A Games, thanks to an experienced team, perfectly understands the business side of the issue and does not need strict control.
In this regard, the publisher received special praise for not interfering with the development and always meeting the developers and their decision to postpone the release date of Metro Exodus several times. As expected, the journalist asked a question about whether the developers could have achieved even greater success if they had an increased budget and time to create a game.
The final version of the game came out so good that we do not need any additional funds or time to implement all the planned ideas - the developer 4A Games replied.
As for DLC, the creators of the game are not yet ready to comment on questions about post-release support. But don't worry, as the content for future additions is being carefully worked out at this stage.
Metro Exodus will be released on February 15, 2019 on PC and modern game consoles.
The Topic of Article: Metro Exodus Devs Talk About Epic Deal, Working Conditions & Game Budget.